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  • Article: May 23, 2020

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your editorial in a recent Chronicle, the issue as I see it is that a wrong decision was made in 2016 and the political statements and policy since then have been more to do with justifying it than anything else and are likely to continue.

    Admittedly the decision was made by the British people and it is this that makes it so difficult to reverse.

  • Article: May 21, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to respond to Jenny Unsworth's letter in last week's Chronicle on Press accountability.

    She seems to think the Press's role in the Covid-19 pandemic is to report facts and support the Government.

    While agreeing to some extent, we also depend on a free Press to widen our knowledge and contribute to views.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In response to your plea for content in last week's Chronicle, I am happy to share my thoughts on the importance of testing in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

    I am no specialist and will gladly retract this letter in response to those more recently and closely involved in the virology and immunology of the infection.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While not in any way suggesting that the current government is in any way responsible for climate change or Covid 19, though it does share its part in the former it is easy to see how diversionary tactics might favour a hard Brexit, something apparently favoured by it.

    It is challenging enough as your editorial and Margaret Brown's letter in last week's Chronicle show to keep up with developments in one of these fields.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While I understand, sympathise and agree with Andrea Bloomfi eld's letter in last week's Chronicle about HS2, there is an alternative viewpoint.

    To function as an effective trading nation, following Brexit we need to act as a co-ordinated entity with all parts playing their part for the common good.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your editorial on school funding: I have no expertise and can only write what occurs to me.

    If school rolls increase and funding depends on the previous role, then challenges arise.

    One solution would be to have a contingency pot, held centrally that adds to the funds for such a school.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding your article on assisted dying in last week's Chronicle, the main issue is one of autonomy.

    Maintaining control over what happens to them is often the paramount issue for people approaching the end of their life.

    Suicide is a legal action and it is right that people so incapacitated that they cannot end their own life, while being independently assessed to fulfi l the criteria for assisted dying, are helped to do so.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In discussing racism, it is important to realise that we all feel uncomfortable when faced with people who we don't know, understand or are different from.

    Think how long it takes some to assimilate into and be accepted by a different society, whether that is a village, country or ideology.

    It is part of the human condition that we prefer people like us; those who deny this are deluding themselves, a far greater danger.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Your latest editorial on political leaders makes the case for electoral reform in the form of preferential voting.

    The electorate have a hard choice to make and I think often vote in the hope of influencing the future government in their preferred way.

    Our present system of voting does not make this easy with tactical voting the main way, apart from voting for your preferred candidate who might or might not have any chance of winning.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    To those of your readers who are still undecided about voting, I would say that it is not often we can see so clearly the motivations behind at least one of the main party's strategy in the hope that it might infl uence their vote.

    David Cameron decided to call a referendum in 2016 to thwart the ambitions of his rivals on the right, UKIP thinking that it would clear the air.